Iran mentioned on Tuesday it had appointed an envoy to the United Arab Emirates for the primary time since 2016, amid a realignment of relations between Gulf states and Iran.
The transfer comes after the UAE in August moved to upgrade ties and mentioned it was returning its ambassador to Tehran.
The UAE downgraded relations with Iran after Saudi Arabia severed ties with Iran in January 2016 after Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran following Riyadh’s execution of a outstanding Shiite cleric.
In a step change to years of hostility between Iran and Saudi Arabia that had threatened stability and safety within the Gulf and helped gasoline conflicts within the Center East from Yemen to Syria, Riyadh final month mentioned it will re-establish relations with Tehran in a China-brokered deal.
The UAE, which has enterprise and commerce ties with Iran stretching again greater than a century, began re-engaging with Tehran in 2019 after assaults in Gulf waters and on Saudi power websites.
The UAE’s Dubai emirate has lengthy been one in every of Iran’s essential hyperlinks to the skin world.
Iran’s newly appointed ambassador Reza Ameri had served because the director basic of the Iranian expatriates workplace within the overseas ministry, Iranian state media mentioned
Top Saudi, Iranian diplomats to meet in China
Meanwhile, the top envoys for Saudi Arabia and Iran will meet in Beijing on Thursday, an Iranian official and a Saudi-owned newspaper said, as the two regional rivals work to hash out the next steps of their diplomatic rapprochement amid a China-brokered deal.
The meeting between Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud and his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amirabdollahian, will be the first formal meeting between Saudi Arabia and Iran’s most senior diplomats in more than seven years.
“The top envoys agreed to meet on April 6 in Beijing as the deal was facilitated by China,” a senior Iranian official told Reuters.
Choosing China “came as an extension of Beijing’s positive role in reaching the agreement and facilitating communication between the two countries,” Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awasat newspaper cited an unidentified source in Riyadh as saying.
The resumption of the relations that was announced last month and arrangements for the exchange of ambassadors will be discussed in the meeting, it added.